PARKVIEW Public School students have been getting in touch with their artistic abilities.
Throughout March, selected students from years 3 to 6 took part in print making workshops that were co-ordinated by artist in residence and Wagga TAFE teacher Christina Reid.
The opportunity to hold the workshops was made possible by the school’s P&C.
A workshop will be held on Thursday from 4pm to 6pm at the school’s hall to showcase the work.
Ms Reid was impressed with the talent on show from the PPS students.
“Working with kids is great,” she said.
“Their enthusiasm for process always amazes me.
“It’s quite different from the older students that I’m used to who are very focused on the end product. ‘Grown-ups’ can get so worried about producing a masterpiece that they really don’t enjoy the lesson at all.
“(However,) these kids had so much fun and I’m so impressed with their prints.
“Being introduced to these skills at a young age is really important as it’s a way of thinking that is so different from everything you learn in primary school.”
Parkview Public principal Travis Irvin said the program had been “highly valued” by students and staff.
“(It) continues our long-standing commitment to the arts in our community,” he said.
“We are particularly grateful to the P&C for facilitating this opportunity and to community member Jo Roberts for her support of the project.”
The school’s P&C conducts fund-raising throughout the year and selects wisely where that money will go.
P&C member Julie Axtill said the group supported the promotion of arts education within the school.
“Any opportunity for students and teachers to have exposure to professionals in the art industry is valuable,” she said.
“The printmaking workshops have allowed the students to learn new skills that they will be able to take back to their classrooms.
“Now that we have purchased the tools and have the experience, the whole school has the opportunity to become involved in printmaking.
“The students and staff involved with the workshops are now our school 'experts' and can 'teach' their peers.”